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JPG Podcast – The One Where Alex is Too Busy

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A rather laid back podcast to reunite us after a long break. Adam has no excuse however next week.

This episode we talk about WWDC, Instacast, Once Magazine, Paul Noble along with learning a language and Jonathan runs through his list of the podcasts he listens to. While an After Show is mentioned, there isn’t one, the recording doo hickey wasn’t running at 88mph and we didn’t have a bolt of lighting handy either so what we talked about wasn’t recorded, but it will be saved for a future show.

Download Options:

iTunes Link or Direct Download 

Show Notes:

Podcast networks: 5by5, smodcast, 70 Decibels, Mule Radio.

Instacast on the iTunes store (brilliant podcasting app)

Mac Power Users #73 – Podcasting: The How and Why 

Verto 26 by The North Face (possibly the most minimalistic bag for travel).

WINGStand for iOS

Photojournalismlinks by Mikko Takkunen

Once Magazine announcement 

Paul Noble – Website (class enrolment) - iTunes Store Courses – Paul Noble Review


Episode Music by Ouinton (Radiohead’s Kid A and OK Computer in 8bit)

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June 18, 2012 at 16:18

Another Reason Not to Sync: Instacast

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Just bought the Pro version of Instacast; a podcast manager for iOS.

It’s an excellent tool for finding and managing all the podcasts I currently listen too, a clear step up from the way iTunes manages podcast content. For me it was important it could import podcasts from the iPod app and allow me to listen to my podcasts continuously one after each another (this is the best obvious feature and the most annoying thing with iTunes and the iPod app).


For everyone else who might be interested, other tent-pole features are commenting, notifications and background downloading.

You don’t need to buy the Pro version unless you want smart playlists, but for the price of a chocolate bar/Starbucks coffee (standard is 69p/Pro version is an extra £1.49) there’s no reason to not go Pro and support an independent (and responsive) developer. Though I will say the basic functionality is probably enough for most of us, but it’s a karma thing for buying Pro for such a great app.

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May 9, 2012 at 12:52

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Introducing JPG Podcast

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I’d like to introduce my very own podcast. Set up with two friends of mine, Alex and Adam (Alex can be found online here and here).

‘JPG’, which stands for journalism, photography and geek, is meant to be an extension of this website’s narrative; covering the same topics that I’m mostly interested. I’m getting to the point where I haven’t felt I should write about everything I come across and it is in my mind more engaging when two photographers discuss something like photography apps on the iPad/iPhone. Bringing Alex onboard helps in that sense.

We will be having irregularly timed podcasts, probably one or two a month (bandwidth permitting). Our aim isn’t to be an up-to-the-minute news show, there are enough of them  (and better ones) out there. Again the style of the podcast will be much in the vain of this website, longer analysis, reviews of photography apps and sometimes just a bit of geek discussion. My aim is to get the balance of serious discussion and light hearted discussion right. Overall I want all the topics to be fun, but to be informative at the same time.

The Podcast’s art work is still being worked up. Later today I will create some sort of Podcast page s well.

If you download and listen I hope you stick around as this podcast idea expands, the first show is a bit raw and unplanned (as the title alludes to), but I thank you for listening.


The first episode is titled – ‘The One Where Alex Didn’t Use a Mic‘ (iTunes link). (Non-iTunes link here)

An irregular podcast featuring your host Jonathan, with alternating guests Alex and Adam. In each podcast we’ll talk about what’s happening in the world of journalism, photography, mixed in with plenty of geek; where geek can bring almost literally anything to the discussion table. 

In our first episode we get to grips with podcasting while at the same time discussing what is probably the best iOS Photography Magazine on the Apple App Store in the form of ‘Once Magazine'(but most definitely the best magazine overall), Apple’s 25 Billion Apps promo, a slew of iOS photography Apps for the iPhone and iPad, a curious iPhone case, a music recommendation and a year’s break to Canada.

Show Notes:

Apple Promo Page

3rd Party App Countdown Site

iOS App – Once Magazine (iPad Only)

iOS App – F8 Magazine (iPad Only)

iOS App – 360 Panorama

iOS App – PhotoSynth

iOS App – Nostalgio

iOS App – PicStitch

iOS App – KinoTopic

4×5 Kodachrome Images from the 1940’s (photographs by Alfred Palmer) and also

The Collarbone (iPad only) (Tumblr Page)

‘Maybe it’s My Fault’ (Jordan Commercial, Youtube Link)

iPhone RangeFinder Case (Photojojo)

All music by Da Chip

Help to set up this podcast came from Donald Sinatra, podcast hosting by Libsyn.


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March 1, 2012 at 13:47

Alrik Swagerman of Viewbook Interviewed

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The twelfth interview from a series of interviews with Photographers and iOS Developers alike.  All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad and iPhone in some way.  This interview is with Alrik Swagerman based in Rotterdam. Co-founder of the online portfolio service

Viewbook can be found at any of the links below:

Website, iTunes, Podcast, Twitter, Facebook,


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App Review ~ Minimal Folio

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Minimal Folio App Review (Version 1.08)

Minimal Folio is a simple way to present images and video on your iPad or iPhone. The app is unbranded so your portfolio can do the talking.

Minimal Homescreen

On First Use/Settings

I adore Modernism as an Architectural style and the idea of Minimalism as a way of life, both are something I’ve been fond of for a number of years. So I didn’t think I would be talking about those schools of art when I started these series of reviews, until I discovered Minimal Folio (via AppShopper). Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is quoted as saying “less is more”, and “god is in the details”, both quotes are appropriate as you begin to get a feel for this app. Simon Hey’s approach with Minimal Folio evokes Mies’s style of Modernist design, who referred to his buildings as “skin and bones” architecture. This is “skin and bones app design”, with the user bringing the meat.

Minimal Folio has an extreme clarity and simplicity of purpose.

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Sigurd Kranendonk of XtraFolio Interviewed

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The fifth in a series of interview with various Photographers and iOS Developers. All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad. This interview is with Sigurd Kranendonk a professional photographer from the Netherlands talking about his app, XtraFolio.

XtraFolio and XtraFolio Lite can be found at any of the links below:

Website, iTunes, Twitter.


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Written by jonathanjk

February 15, 2011 at 17:59

Tiger Ng of Collections for iPad interviewed

The fourth in a series of interview with various Photographers and iOS Developers. All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad. This interview is with Hong Kongese developer Tiger Ng.

Tiger Ng is a developer based in Hong Kong. Tiger is also responsible for other iApps such as PictureGames and PictureSecret. All his Apps involve some element of photography.

Collections for iPad can be found at any of the links here:- Website, iTunes,


What gave you the inspiration to write Collections?

I found the built-in Photo App in the iPad boring, and other photo album Apps are also used in a similar way to browse photos, i.e. list of albums, list of photos in grid view, etc. There is also no iPhoto (Apple’s iLife) product in the market. Therefore, I would like to write a photos app to make people browse photos like photo books.

Who are you?  Are you a photographer?  Tell us a bit about yourself or the Portfolio team.

I am Tiger Ng, I am based in Hong Kong. I am not photographer. I have been working on iOS platform for 2 years.

Is this your first App for iOS?

My first app is Photo Only, it is an app that grabs any image from any web page, and users can download and view photos offline with it.

Slideshow with time line

How easy was it to code in order to create Collections?  How long did it take to get Collections to Version 1?

It took me four weeks, it has also given me image processing experience.

Do you write any other Apps for iOS?

Yes. Recently I have written an app called “PictureGames”, it allows people to create their own photo games (4 games now) in a few minutes. Another of my Apps is called “PictureSecret”, it provides a new way to share any hidden messages using photos.

Will you write other Apps for iOS devices? More importantly, photography related ones.


You released Collections before iOS 4.2. Did coding for iOS 4.2 make much of a difference compared to iOS 3.2?

Big difference. There are no multiple photos selection provided in iOS 3.2 and the image picker cannot be customized. In iOS 4.2, you can customize your own image pickers to provide multiple selections. That’s a major feature for photo Apps.

How long did it take to write Collections?

4 weeks.

Edit Mode

Where do you want to take Collections with future updates, where do you see yourself in a years time?

There is a lot of potential with that. Collections will be going to support videos, integrate with more photo sharing sites, and add sharing capability itself.

What do you as a Developer/Photographer want to see in the next iPad, either to aid your Apps or just for your own pleasure?

Camera. It is the most important feature for creating new photo Apps.

Are you a one man operation or is this a group effort?

One man.

Where are you based and where have you seen the greatest uptake of Collections at the moment?

In the US.

I found the built in Photo Application rather lacking for a Pro Photographer, others will feel it’s good enough. Were you concerned of your App’s uptake by other Photographers before committing yourself to creating Portfolio?

Collections provides new way to organize your photos in iPad. It can be for photo books (collage template), portfolio (edit, view, and slideshow mode), and even an image organizer (global search and folder).

Can you explain anything about the creation process behind your app? Did you involve other photographers or even editors to ask what they would want in a digital portfolio that attempts to replicate the printed portfolio and presentation?

Just do it.

Directly import images from your Computer

Just to wrap up. How do you see this market developing as we go forward?  Are you concerned about the ‘race to the bottom’ and copycat apps affecting this class of applications?

I think the quality is the most important. Less bugs and great performance can attract new users. The market is highly competitive because iPhone and iPad is still becoming popular and many people are coming to develop Apps. To keep growing, extending to other platforms, e.g. android or windows phone may be another solution.


Collections for iPad at the time of writing is priced at £1.79 and $2.99 on the iOS Apple Store.


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